Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President Bukola Saraki have paid tributes to former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who died nine years ago. Jonathan became president when Yar’adua died on May 5, 2010.
“On this day nine years ago I lost a friend, colleague, brother, and boss, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He was a selfless leader who placed national interest above personal and ethnic gains,” Jonathan tweeted. “He used the opportunity he had in public service to build bridges of love, foster unity and give hope to Nigerians.
“President Yar’Adua was a man of integrity with a humble spirit who always took upon himself the burden of national reconciliation, peace-building, and democratic consolidation. “Today, I remember and celebrate him for the works that he had done. Peace he lived for and homes of peace he built. Democracy he loved and democracy he nurtured. We will always remember you for your service. A servant leader truly you remain,” Jonathan added.
In his tribute, Saraki tweeted “Today, I remember the selfless statesman, former President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who passed on 9-years ago. His legacy of integrity as a great leader will always remain indelible in our hearts. May the mercy of Almighty Allah (SWT) continue to be upon him. Amin.” Jibrin Ibrahim, A Nigerian political scientist, academic and activist, posted “Remembering President Umaru Musa Yar’dua – nine years already. Committed to Nigerian development throughout his life and his presidency. He had a clear idea of the public good and strived to deliver even in his weakened condition. Rest in peace.”